Before the Interview
An interview is really an audition!
Be prepared! Before entering, take a deep breath. Relax. It’s Showtime! Put a smile on your face and walk in with confidence. Introduce yourself to whomever greets you and inform the person the reason for you being there. Everyone wants to see the face their customer will see – friendly, relaxed and outgoing.
- Make eye contact and always have a firm handshake.
- Take a seat. Relax, but sit up straight. Don’t fidget. Act like you belong there.
- Plan your schedule so that you can arrive 10–15 minutes early. Map out your route to the interview location so you can be sure to arrive on time. Consider doing a practice run. If you’re taking public transportation, identify a backup plan if there are delays or closures.
- When you arrive early, use the extra minutes to observe the workplace dynamics.